At the height of his career, Emmy Award-winner Jack Perkins and his wife Mary Jo moved from Los Angeles — population eight million — to a tidal island off the coast in Maine, population zero. Perkins will share his memoir/autobiography “Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island” in an author’s talk Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Sherman’s Books will have books on hand for signing.

Years earlier, in the shadow of Acadia National Park, the couple had built their solar-powered cabin, heated only by a wood stove. But now they were moving there for good, abandoning the smog of L.A. for the fog of Bar Harbor. The move would turn out to be as spiritual as it was physical; the book intersperses the story of Perkins’ building and moving to the rustic cabin he dubbed Moosewood with anecdotes from a successful career in journalism that began in Ohio with his coverage of the Sam Sheppard murder trial. In the quiet of the woods, surrounded by water and wildlife, Perkins became aware of God in a way that seemed impossible when he was covering the biggest news stories of our time.

Perkins worked for more than 40 years in television and radio including stints as an NBC News correspondent and, most recognizably, as host of the acclaimed A&E series “Biography.” He has interviewed some of the most notable celebrities and politicians of our time, and covered some of the most dramatic events of the past century. Once dubbed America’s most literate correspondent by the Associated Press, Perkins continues to be as active. His narration can be heard on videos for Acadia National Park; the Biltmore estate in North Carolina; and the Edison Museum in Ft. Myers, Fla. He and his wife, married 53 years, currently live in Florida.

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